Apple and the Innovator’s Dilemma

This paper was originally written in 2010 for a Corporate Innovation class at Kellogg; please forgive any formatting errors carried over in the conversion from PDF, as well as the excessive footnotes! Apple’s unbroken string of success seems to suggest it is impervious to the Innovator’s Dilemma. Why has it been so successful, and can […]

iOS

This was originally posted on my old, defunct Tumblr The part I always remember from Steve Jobs’ most famous keynote, when he introduced the iPhone, is the very end, when he announced Apple Computer Inc. would henceforth be known as Apple Inc. I found this quite shocking at the time, and looking back, it truly […]

Computer or Phone?

This was originally posted on my old, defunct Tumblr Classic Rands: It’s clichéd, but a nerd is defined by his computer, and you need to understand why. First, a majority of the folks on the planet either have no idea how a computer works or they look at it and think “it’s magic”. Nerds know […]

On the iPad

This was originally posted on my old, defunct Tumblr Here’s an email reply I just sent to a good friend concerning the iPad. I haven’t bought one yet — I plan on getting the 3G version — but given the argument below, I think my personal experience (or lack thereof) is irrelevant. Did you get […]

The dusk of the computer age

This was originally posted on my old, defunct Tumblr Some have argued the iPad is the dawn of a new era. Oh wait, that was me, three days ago. But in another respect, it is the dusk of another, representing a return to the past when people did what they wished without worrying about their […]

The iPad: it’s for everyone else

This was originally posted on my old, defunct Tumblr For what it’s worth, we’ve been here before. Apple product is rumored, hype builds up, it’s revealed, and people are disappointed. In this case, “It’s just a big iPod Touch” is the new “No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame.” And, once again, it’s because […]

Stuck in the past

This was originally posted on my old, defunct Tumblr My earlier observation that technology companies too often don’t appreciate the needs of normals is hardly groundbreaking. What is less intuitive is how often geeks are the ones stuck in the past. During a recent discussion about the future of the PC, a friend posited that […]